Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thrive DC sponsoring winter clothing, blanket and coat drive for the homeless


Winter is nearly upon us, which means it's a tough time for the region's homeless people.
Thrive DC, a homeless services center based at St. Stephen's Church at 16th & Newton, is hosting a "Winter Warmth" clothing, coat and blanket drive to help.

Just bring any of the items listed on the flyer to the church sometime before Nov. 2, or if you don't have any but want to help, you can buy items off their Amazon wish list.

If you need a coat or warm clothes or know someone who does, Thrive DC is giving out the items they've collected on the first Friday in November (Nov 5th), the first Friday in December (Dec 4th), and the second Friday in January (Jan 8th) starting at 8:30 AM on a first come, first served basis.
Here's more about the drive:
Last winter, 2014 – 2015, was cold! We lost three friends to weather, illness, and harsh living. This is why your help is so crucial.

During the winter our clients often turn to us for warm clothing. And all we have to give comes from you, our supporters! This year we will distribute winter clothing on:

– November 6th
– December 4th
– January 8th

We need your gently used or last season’s winter clothing the week before each of these distribution dates.

Gently used items our clients are in need of:
Winter Coats
Hoodies
Gloves
Hats
Scarves
Blankets
Sleeping Bags

New items our clients are in need of:
Underwear
Thermals (Long undershirts and long underwear)
Socks!!!!!

If you would like to help, but do not have any used items to donate, please consider purchasing items off our Amazon Wish List.

If you would like to collect these items as part of a school or business donation drive, please feel free to use our poster to help advertise your drive: Donation Drive – Coats

If you have questions, please contact our Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator at volunteer@thrivedc.org or (202) 503-1528.

These are things we always need, but each week presents a new shortage and an opportunity to make an impact where we need it the most. If you want to know what we need NOW, please consider joining our Rapid Response Team!
And more about Thrive DC:
We serve over 130,000 meals a year, are one of only six places in DC to offer free showers and laundry outside of a shelter, and have a variety of programs for employment, substance abuse, and individuals transitioning out of prison.

We have lots of ways the community can get involved besides a coat drive, like volunteering for breakfast or dinner, donating canned goods, travel sized toiletries, socks & underwear, and feminine hygiene products. A more extensive list can be found on our website:

http://www.thrivedc.org/donate/inkind/

1 comment:

Christa Avampato said...

Thank you for letting us know about this. I just purchased a few items from their Amazon.com wish list.